Tuesday, 9 October 2012 76 Comments
University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball commissioner Ato Badolato has made an appeal to the coaches of the UST Growling Tigers and the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the ongoing UAAP Season 75 basketball finals.
Badolato told reporters during Philippine Sportswriters Association weekly forum on October 9 at Shakey’s Malate that he is expecting an emotional game in Game 2 on October 11 to be held at the Araneta Coliseum.
Badolato specifically asked both coaches namely Norman Black of Ateneo and Pido Jarencio of UST to control their respective emotions during the game.
“I appeal not only to coaches but for the fans that we will be doing our utmost best to make it a trouble-free Game 2 and, if necessary, Game 3,” said Badolato. “I’m asking for your patience. We will not tolerate any lapses this time.”
Badolato also defended his referees , saying: “It was a fairly officiated game. I have no complaints.”
The Blue Eagles are a win away from completing drive for 5 campaign. Coach Norman Black will return to the PBA with Talk ‘N Text in the Philippine Cup.
Last October 6, Growling Tigers head coach Pido Jarencio lambasted the referees after their Game 1 loss. He said game officials were allegedly favoring Ateneo, especially Norman Black.
“The call wasn’t fair,” said Jarencio in Filipino. “Do I need to talk in english in order to get a fair call. It’s up to them, I’m just saying the truth. We want consistency in the officiating. Let the players decide the outcome of the game.”
As expected, Coach Black didn’t like Coach Jarencio’s statement.
“We only had 12 free throw attempts and they (Tigers) had 26. My key players had four fouls in the final quarter,” Black said on Monday. “We were in penalty with eight minutes to go.”
“We won despite those numbers; the facts don’t back up what he’s saying right now. The part about speaking English and that I’m American, that’s why the referees are biased towards me, that’s uncalled for. It’s mean and totally unsportsmanlike.”
Game 2 is set on October 11 at the Araneta Coliseum while Game 3, if necessary, is set on October 13 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
By Josef Ramos